Hard work, planning key to having fun, friendships for 4-H champ

Some girls collect dolls. Others collect stuffed animals. Emily Piland collects metal. And what a collection this 14-year-old has: in the form of silver and gold belt buckles (over 20), medals (too many to count), trophies, plaques and even a silver tea service. But Emily is really a metal “collector by default,” because her focus […]

7-29-11 Class “Baby Basics” scheduled in P.V.

INDULGE THAT BABY! A class titled “Baby Basics” is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Placerville. There will be a discussion of basic newborn care for the first few weeks of life. Class topics will include newborn characteristics, physical and emotional needs of the baby, and health and safety skills. […]

Supervisors put off new, final district map

The decennial challenge of drawing new political boundaries is almost complete and needs to be done by Aug. 16. However, El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to squeeze another three weeks of talking and tweaking into the process Tuesday. Visit El Dorado County Website for high-res printable versions of these maps Moments after […]

National Park Service proposes allowing Indians to remove plants, minerals

WASHINGTOWN, D.C. — In a major about-face, the National Park Service is finalizing a proposed rule change that would allow Indians to remove plants, plant parts and minerals from national parks, according to documents released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The rule change will have broad impacts, affecting nearly all natural and many cultural […]

Narcotics team seizes quarter-pound of heroin

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Agents seized a quarter-pound of heroin and arrested two people last week.Undercover agents bought heroin from Jose Ruben Gomez Gonzalez, 25, before arresting him in a vehicle stop, said South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team spokesman Jeff Catchings. While serving a search warrant on Gonzalez’ Paradise Avenue home, agents found […]

Heard over the back fence: Catch band’s farewell at Partners in Care shindig

A CHANGE OF DIET: John Chapman of Folsom gave me the following T-shirt question: “When did my Wild Oats turn into Oat Bran?” • • • HOT DIGGITY’S FAREWELL: Partners In Care is an organization that provides great help for citizens who are seriously ill. To celebrate their 10th anniversary Partners In Care is sponsoring a barbecue […]

Tahoe median home price drops in first half

By Annie Flanzraich Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It’s a buyer’s market out there. The median price of a South Lake Tahoe home dropped by almost 10 percent since 2010 in the first half of 2011, leaving the market ripe with homes priced at less than $350,000. “That’s where we’re seeing most of the […]

El Dorado Hills GM’s office empty while things ‘play out’

El Dorado Hills Community Services General Manager John Skeel still has a job, for the moment. CSD Board Vice President Noelle Mattock opened the July board meeting on Thursday night by reporting that, “Our attorney and John’s attorney are working together amicably to resolve the situation.” After the meeting Mattock added, “We’re optimistic for a […]

Battery suspect arrested after chase

A Pollock Pines man accused of battery was arrested last week after allegedly running from authorities and then assaulting a deputy, officials with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said. David Elmo Lopez, 40, was booked Friday morning after deputies responded to a reported battery in the 5600 block of Pony Express Trail in Pollock […]

GSHS gets prize again for design-building program

Golden Sierra High School was honored at a recent El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. Students in the Career Technology Education program received a proclamation from the board sponsored by Supervisor Ron Briggs. For the past 24 out of 25 years, instructor Larry Highberger has entered his students in a Design and Build contest […]

Delta group eyes tunnels, watershed

While the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) is in the process of developing its state-mandated Delta Plan, a new administration has taken office. One of the DSC’s responsibilities is to review the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), now in the environmental impact review stage. A status report on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was delivered to […]

Road closed for bridge work

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation has scheduled a temporary closure of the Mosquito Bridge over the South Fork of the American River for annual maintenance activities. These activities include inspection, adjustments to hardware installed last year, and overall cleaning of the structure. The closure began last week and will last through Friday, July […]

Heard over the back fence: Let’s go fishing

NEVER SMART TO ASSUME: Cindy Young of Camino sent me the following T-shirt statement observed on a very tall, young man: “No. Do You Play Golf?” I guess we always assume real tall guys play basketball. • • • NEW FISHING CLUB: The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited  is looking for new members. This group was […]

Senator seeks feedback on tax program

California Board of Equalization member Sen. George Runner announced he is seeking feedback from business owners regarding a controversial new use tax collection program administered by the Board of Equalization. “I’m asking California business owners and entrepreneurs who have received a ‘qualified purchaser’ letter from the Board of Equalization to let me know what they […]

Cameron resident is state fire chief

Cameron Park resident Ken Pimlott, 45, was appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.  July 12. As the new director, Chief Pimlott will be in charge of most of the operational aspects of Cal Fire. Among numerous other duties, he will represent the […]

Pick up a furry friend — at a discount

People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County (PAWED) is offering a limited number of $40 discount coupons at the El Dorado County Animal Services Western Slope Shelter for the adoption of cats and kittens, beginning Monday, July 18. This means the usual adoption fee of $80 will be reduced to $40. “The Shelter is […]

Deputies seek help finding rapists

GEORGETOWN — El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives are turning to the public for help in solving the alleged rape of a Georgetown woman last week. On the morning of July 11 deputies responded to a reported rape at Mameluke Hill at Canyon Creek in Georgetown. The victim, a 25-year-old woman, said she had been sexually […]

El Dorado Disposal cleans up the county

Editor’s note — This is part 1 in a two part series taking a look at El Dorado Disposal. “Garbage in — garbage out” aptly describes computer use. In the world of real garbage, however, it’s not that simple. In the world of real garbage, some of it remains garbage, but increasingly more and more […]

Growing gardens, children and love: Carpenders have thrived

Tom and Vivian Carpender have been married 60 years. “It was a good choice, let me tell you,” said Vivian, 81. “We always have music on in the house and when we meet up, we dance together. We are so lucky to have found each other.” “We’re good companions,” said Tom, 82, “our personalities match […]

City hanging in with redevelopment

Gov. Jerry Brown on June 29 signed the California State Budget and two companion bills: ABX1 27, which suspended redevelopment agency activity and eliminated redevelopment agencies effective Oct. 1, and ABX1 26, exempting redevelopment agencies from suspension and dissolution if they “voluntarily” contribute additional tax increments to schools and special districts. At last week’s Placerville […]

Parks, trails up for comment

A review of the draft El Dorado County Parks and Trails Master Plan was the focus of Thursday’s joint meeting of the El Dorado County Planning Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Commission. Foothill Associates consultant Kate Kirsh presented an overview of the draft Master Plan, including the findings of public input from community […]

Judge rules in favor of USFS on Angora projects

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service plans to begin restoration in the Angora fire area as soon as this week after a judge upheld the agency’s environmental analysis of projects in the more than 3,000 acre area. On Wednesday, Eastern District Court Judge Garland Burrell granted the Forest Service’s motion for summary judgment in […]

ED Hills CSD manager on leave

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors. Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January. Neither Skeel nor CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources confirmed […]

Documents: Inside look at Garrido

For years, Phillip Garrido was able to manipulate the criminal justice system in order to keep Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters hidden in his Antioch compound. But a previously sealed psychological evaluation as well as a letter penned by Garrido himself, both released last week by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, shows just how […]

GDPUD budget squeaks through

GEORGETOWN — With a nearly 5 percent drop in non-operating revenue, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors July 12 approved the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Operating revenue — water and wastewater sales — is projected to increase more than 8 percent. Total income is forecast to be […]

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Heard over the back fence: Space cadet or rocket scientist, Touey is terrific

ARM ADVICE: My pal John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.” • • • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Brett Touey of Placerville graduated from El Dorado High School and is now a senior at California State University, Sacramento. Recently Brett was selected from 55 candidates to […]

New plan for Viet plaques

In an oral report to the Placerville City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, City Community Services Director Steve Youel laid out conceptual plans to bring together some long-awaited city beautification projects. “Following up on the success of building the Sam LaCara Memorial Garden at the corner of Schnell School Road and Broadway, we want to get […]

House Central Valley water bill worries EID

California has a long history of “water politics” and even all-out water wars. The 2011 version pits south state agri-business demands against mountain counties where the water actually comes from. New congressional legislation to bring more assurance to water deliveries to Central Valley farmers is getting worried attention from the El Dorado Irrigation District and […]

Child killer’s parole grant reinstated

Last week, a Sacramento Court of Appeal reinstated the 2009 parole grant for a Placerville woman who murdered her sons and attempted to kill herself more than 20 years ago. On July 8 the three-justice appellate pannel determined that Darlene Brazil, 46, should be granted her release from prison, overturning the 2009 decision from former […]

Summer fruit keeps Camino busy

Summer fruit, berries, wine and a peaceful reprieve from the valley heat — all good reasons to visit Apple Hill this summer. There’s a whole lot more than apples in those hills. While many families make the traditional trek in October to pick pumpkins, buy crunchy, sweet apples and yummy pies, eat apple cider doughnuts […]

Criminal annals, part 125: Wayward husband returns

Jumping to the Sept. 23, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find a number of interesting stories, including one that solves a disappearance that was reported just a few days before. “THE LOST FOUND.— Mr. Patrick Venable, whose wife was in the city last Monday in search of him, we are happy to […]

Classes aimed at small businesses

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner? Did you know that 89 percent of annual incomes over $50,000 are earned by owners of small businesses? But, four out of five small businesses don’t last five years. What is the difference between success and failure? Knowledge. That is why the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) […]

Placerville woman rescued from Cosumnes River

A Placerville woman who fell into the Cosumnes River was rescued Tuesday afternoon. Morgan Schiffner, 21, of Placerville, was drinking alcohol with friends by the river, near the Happy Valley Cutoff Road Bridge, when she went into the water and stayed submerged for approximately one minute, said El Dorado County Fire Protection District Capt. Mike […]

Study shows GDPUD pays employees less

Whether it is base salary, total cash or total compensation Georgetown water district employees are paid less on the average than those in other districts. A compensation study commissioned by the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors shows its employees are paid 5.54 percent less in base salary than the average of 11 […]

Driver killed in Tuesday crash

KYBURZ — A stretch of Highway 50 was closed for several hours Tuesday night after a two vehicle accident left one driver dead. Authorities responded to Highway 50, east of Kyburz, shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a westbound tractor-trailer lost its brakes and collided with a pickup truck, said California Highway Patrol officer Dan […]

Police to enforce vacation rental law

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe City Council amended the local Vacation Home Rental Ordinance July 12 to turn over operational management of the program to the chief of police. The administration and collection of the Transient Occupancy Tax portion of the program, however, will remain with the city finance director. While the […]

Heard over the back fence: Cindarella to appear at library

LIQUID ADVICE: Thanks to John Chapman, I give you the following “Advice from a Lake” T-shirt statement: “Be clear – Make positive ripples – Look beneath the surface – Stay calm – Shore up friendships – Take time to reflect – Be full of life! • • • CINDERELLA IS IN TOWN: Special guest appearances by Cinderella, […]

DA rejects CHP’s DUI case against columnist

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson has rejected the DUI case sent over by the California Highway Patrol on Elizabeth Caffrey, an occasional columnist for the Mountain Democrat. After a toxicology screening came back from the state crime lab last month, Pierson noted on a routing sheet to the CHP that his office would […]

U.S. Forest Service reminds visitors to enjoy recreation safely

The national forests in California offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities and beauty.  With the wonders of adventure, however, come certain hazards. The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to […]

SLT moves to dimiss league suit

The city of South Lake Tahoe filed a motion to dismiss July 12 with the U.S. district court in response to the lawsuit recently filed by the League to Save Lake Tahoe for the following reasons: • The adoption of a general plan is a guiding policy document for the future and by itself does […]

Garrido documents released by DA

On the day Jaycee Lee Dugard’s self-penned memoir was released, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office made public several documents relating to the South Lake Tahoe girl’s 1991 kidnapping. A trio of video recordings was released Tuesday. One of them, likely filmed between 2000 and 2007, shows a parole officer searching the Garrido residence […]

7-22-11 Placerville Fellowship and New Comers Club’s new officers

NEW ENERGY FOR NEW YEARS: The Placerville Fellowship and New Comers Club has announced the following new officers for 2011-2012: President – Edna Knutsen; Vice President – Cindy Van Order; Recording Secretary – Judi McDaniel; Corresponding Secretary – Susan Ferguson; Treasurer – Sandra Long. Congratulations to all of you! We wish great success and lots […]

Service reductions, equipment failures close Peninsula campground at Folsom Lake

COOL — State Park officials at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area have announced the closing of the Peninsula Campground and day use area effective Monday, July 18. This closure must be implemented due to a lack of staffing to safely operate all facilities within the State Recreation Area and the continuing state hiring freeze, according to park officials. […]

City’s last fire chief dies

Al Herzig, Placerville’s last fire chief and an instrumental figure in the formation of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District, died last week at the age of 81. Herzig, born in Lotus on June 6, 1930, died of complications from congestive heart failure at home on July 6. Family members say Herzig, known affectionately […]